Below is an introduction to prayerful meditation, a tool that many have found to enrich the spiritual life.
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Here’s a little instruction on how to prepare for meditation. Because we are all different, there is no single, correct way to meditate that works perfectly for everyone. But there are guidelines that can help you get started. First, it’s useful to make arrangements to do this on a regular basis in a place and time where you’re unlikely to be interrupted for a while. Next find a posture that feels at once relaxed – comfortable – and also dignified. If you are sitting, your back may be as straight as is comfortable, perhaps supported in a chair or against a wall, your hands comfortably on your lap, either up or down, as you like… and your feet flat on the ground. If you choose to lie down, you may be very comfortable, and yet there’s a greater chance of falling asleep. Sometimes sleep is what’s needed, and the point is to be gentle with yourself as you experiment with what works best for you. Some people even set aside one of their meditation recordings as a bedtime recording, with the intention of using it as a sleep aid.
Some meditations start with a few deep breaths – slow and deep and complete, allowing the tension to flow out. Some meditation recordings are guided visualizations. Others accompany you as you follow along with your breathing. Some people don’t use recordings at all. Or they may like soothing sounds, such as the recording of rain or ocean water in the background. Some prefer the general sounds all around them.
At first, it may seem hard to find the time even for the shortest of meditations. But then, when life starts working better for you, you may come to realize it’s really healthy and nourishing, a way of showing ourselves loving kindness. As they say in airplanes, put on your oxygen mask first, before setting out to help others. May your meditation or contemplation practice be like nourishing oxygen for your life. God bless.
About Prayerful Meditations
NHM Ministrants offers prayerful meditations and visualizations to enrich the personal spiritual life. The meditations and visualizations are geared towards adults, teens and tweens. Most, but not all, include references to God. Those marked “secular” do not. For children, we suggest the Butterfly meditations available free in many languages from The Elfenworks Foundation.
Non-Medical Disclaimer – We are not engaged in professional medical services and assume no responsibility for patient outcomes. Medical advice and decisions are appropriately made only by a competent and licensed medical practitioner, who must make decisions, in light of all of the facts and circumstances in each individual and particular case. We absolutely do not advocate that anyone turn away from their current treatment or support—these meditative visualizations are intended to augment, not replace, any such treatment. —NHM Ministrants, a division of Elfenworks Productions, LLC.